The Nebraska State Patrol seized 730 pounds of marijuana Monday with an estimated street value of $2.5 million.
Just before noon on Monday, Nov. 4, troopers at the Waverly scales on the eastbound Interstate 80 inspected a J & J Transport truck and semi-trailer out of San Bernardino, Calif.
During the inspection, it was discovered the co-driver was wanted on an active warrant for failure to appear out of Lincoln County. The co-driver, Marcel Bud, 40, of Taylor, Mich., was lodged on the warrant in the Lancaster County Corrections. The driver of the truck, Julio Pena Sanchez, 48, La Palma, Calif., was allowed to continue on.
After further investigation, the state patrol re-contacted the driver of the truck around 9 p.m., at a truck stop just off the Northwest 48th street exit in Lincoln.
A probable cause search was conducted. The search led to the seizure of 730 lbs. of marijuana.
The marijuana bundles were concealed in boxes of produce in the semi-trailer. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $2.5 million.
Sanchez, the driver of the truck was taken into custody and lodged in Lancaster County Corrections on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
Marcel Bud, the co-driver of the semi, who was already incarcerated on an outstanding warrant, was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.